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The "P" word

Monday, September 30, 2013

I always tell my kids, "There's no such thing as 'perfect'." "Practice makes improvement, don't worry about perfect, go for better or amazing, perfect is unattainable".

As I was sitting here contemplating my day I caught myself being upset that I didn't do everything "perfectly". I only tracked my breakfast today and probably had too many carbs and not enough protein.

However, I did put 2 hours in to taming this mess I call a home. My autistic 10 year old daughter commented on how much better it looked when she got home from school! And I did do a 30 minute cardio video this morning.

Everything I ate today was healthy, even though I didn't take the time to record all of it. For lunch I had a turkey wrap and a sweet potato followed by a granola bar and some grapes. Then for dinner I had 2 black bean and salsa soft tacos, no cheese, no sour cream... I'm still hoping staying off dairy will help my sinus problems. I need to make up a full vegan menu for the week. I enjoy food so much more when there aren't any corpses in it... emoticon

So was my day "perfect"? Not by any means. Was it better than last Monday? Definitely! And that's what matters! I will never reach "perfect" but I can strive for excellence and improving just a little bit whenever I can.

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SLRASSLL 10/2/2013 4:53AM

    You are thinking the right way that's for sure! I see to many people give up because they aren't perfect. Who needs that pressure? I love "practice makes improvement"! I might have to borrow that one.

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1STATEOFDENIAL 10/1/2013 4:20AM

    Perfection is failing to be normal. So even if someone could possibly be perfect, they'd still fail at something.

Prioritize. What are the most important goals you need to accomplish today? If you meet those, you're doing good. Then think about what you really want to get done today and work on that. If you finish all of that, then do something that could get done. If all you accomplish in the day are 2 or 3 important tasks, then you still accomplished something! If you get something started but don't finish it, then just try again another day.

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    Perfect isn't attainable, and thus we set ourselves up for disappointment and failure. Improvement is the key! emoticon

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CASTIRONLADY 9/30/2013 9:59PM

    LOVE your cat on your head. Nope, it's progress not perfection. Even when someone tells you they've done it perfectly there is no perfect. emoticon

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UMBILICAL 9/30/2013 9:58PM

  Practice what you preach (imperfectly, of course)

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Ready to re-commit

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Since April I have gained and lost the same 5lbs probably 4 or 5 times. I recognize that it's probably just normal fluctuations but it's still frustrating and not where I want to be. In fact, this morning I weighed in at 25lbs to my goal weight.

It was a difficult summer. I've been dealing with financial problems, stress, depression... all sorts of unpleasantness that makes it difficult to stay on track. But I accept that my life won't change until I do. So I'm working on some projects that will hopefully lead me to the change I need.

One thing I'm doing is an online boot camp. It actually costs $97 for the 8 weeks but they offer a "Pay It Forward" program to their free e-mail list. This time I actually saw the e-mail before they announced it was closed! So I sent the e-mail explaining my situation and when the announced deadline came and went I figured oh well. Nothing lost. But on day 4 I had all the e-mails waiting for me when I woke up! It's been wonderful! The biggest and hardest thing they work on is the internal stuff. They want you to really think about what you're doing and why. The workouts are easy compared to the written assignments!

But I'm still not seeing the results I want. Well, I haven't logged my food in months. Maybe I'm not being honest with myself about what I'm eating. So it's time to pull up the SP app on my phone and start logging as I eat again! Maybe I can finally break past the 160 mark and reach my goal by my birthday in May. (My original goal was my birthday this past May... no worries... I have my whole life emoticon)

SP was really working for me and I miss my SparkFriends so why wouldn't I hang out here more?


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VBPARROTHEAD 10/2/2013 11:46AM

  Gald that you are back! I hope the exercise routine and "homework" helps with the stress! I know what stress is like and it is literally a killer! Keep up the good work and think positive thoughts! Sometimes that is hard but you can do it!
Thanks you also for all of the encouragement and support on my blog!
emoticon emoticon Every day is the first day of the rest of your life!

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1STATEOFDENIAL 9/30/2013 4:24AM

    I'm glad you're doing this bootcamp. Sometimes we have to face the difficult things we have buried inside, the reasons why we are unhealthy - physically, mentally, or both. I know things have been hard for you, but I also know you've been hanging in there. It's better to maintain (a 5 pound window is maintaining) than to gain.

I hope you also find some ways to lower your stress level. Now that Supernatural Season 9 is starting in a week and a half, you can spend that hour each week stepping out of your life and your stresses to focus on something we love. (Of course we'll stress about Sam, Dean, Cas, and everyone, but at least we're not stressing about our own issues.)

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I wish I'd known this earlier!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

I've been doing some reading and learned that a lot of people with chronic sinus problems like I have get relief by eating a gluten free diet. So I started researching GF diets and thinking about the complications of making the change. Today I saw my mom and told her that I was planning to go GF to see if I got any relief for my problems.

She thought about it for a moment and then informed me that when I was a newborn I was so congested (see? this really HAS been with me my entire life!) that the doctor put me on soy formula and my sinuses cleared up. Freaking frack? Mom! Why'd you put me back on dairy when I started on solid foods??? Oh well. I probably would have done the same thing.

So now, instead of starting by trying to eliminate gluten (which sounds REALLY difficult, btw) I need to identify which foods I'm eating have dairy ingredients in them. Milk and eggs are very sneaky and hiding in a lot of foods you wouldn't suspect! Obvious culprits are sour cream, butter, cheese, ice cream, yogurt. Many pastries are made with milk, cream, and/or eggs.

I have never learned to like the process of food... planning meals, making shopping lists, going shopping, putting everything away, prepping, cooking... none of it. I loathe the entire process. But if my lazy approach to food is what's been causing my breathing problems all these years, I can at least learn to love the benefits of the process, even if I never learn to fully enjoy doing it.

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1STATEOFDENIAL 9/23/2013 3:14AM

    Interesting information! Food allergies and intolerance are more prevalent than people realize, since the symptoms aren't always obvious. Hopefully getting rid of dairy will be helpful for you!

Since you don't like dealing with planning meals, making lists, etc, could you pull a Sheldon Cooper (from Big Bang Theory) and have one meal each night of the week, every week? For instance, every Monday is lasagna, Tuesday is stew, etc (your list will be totally different, but just for the sake of example). This way you only have to design the plan then you can reuse the shopping list every week and you will become so used to preparing and cooking that it won't take as much effort. You can always adjust it if you need to, but it wouldn't take much effort to change 1 meal per week than to figure out what to make every night. You could also consider batch cooking as another option, so you cook on one day then only have to heat and eat on other days. There are plenty of 'quick fix' options out there also, such as bagged salad and premade sauce that will help. Setting up any process will take time and effort at the beginning, but then it makes it easier later on.

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MJRVIC2000 9/22/2013 4:44PM

    Remember that there is a BIG difference bwtween making a DECISION and making a COMMITMENT! God Bless YOU! Vic.

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

When school got out in the spring all of my routines went poof. I stopped exercising regularly, stopped tracking my food, and started eating more empty calories. Not like I would have before I changed my attitude but still, there it was, sugar and soda and fries almost every day. It's a wonder I didn't gain any weight. I did, however, notice that my shorts were a little less comfortable and have been wearing my larger size jeans.

When school started a couple of weeks ago I started making some steps back in the healthy direction. I'm still not doing everything that I know I need to be doing regularly but at least I am doing it all weekly! The scale hasn't budged an ounce in months but today the receptionist and 2 therapists at the clinic I take my daughter to all mentioned they thought I was looking better since we were there 2 weeks ago! So something MUST be happening, even if I haven't really noticed yet!

Hm, maybe I should try those shorts again... emoticon

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    Keep on going with your goals! emoticon

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1STATEOFDENIAL 9/11/2013 6:26PM

    I'm glad you're getting back into your healthier lifestyle. Remember, changes happen within our body before outside our body, and your mood can change based on whether you're getting proper nutrition or not. I'd be willing to bet that you looked more awake, lively, bright and shining, and/or happier. Even without losing a pound or an inch, that change in your demeanor can make a difference. Try this: sit in a slumped over position for 5 minutes, then sit up straight for 5 minutes. Even just a posture change can change how you feel and look.

Keep it up!

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Chuck E Cheese's pizza is NOT a health food!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

My cousin's husband is an educated man. In fact, he has a Ph.D. in early childhood development and is a tenured professor at the local university. In spite of that, I heard him tell his children (ages 9 and 6) to finish their pizza "because it will help (them) grow big and strong".

Two days later and I'm still flabbergasted. Of course, now he's saying that he just wanted the kids to finish the last slices because they were going to start whining for food as soon as they got in the car. Well, may I suggest a couple of things here? Try setting a consistent snack time for the kids. My daughter knows better than to whine if she didn't finish her lunch (unless there was something wrong with it, but that's different) and that food will be offered again within a few hours. Or if you know a specific circumstance will set them off, prepare for it. I keep snacks in my purse because I know when my girl is done with her occupational, physical, or speech therapy she'll be hungry. If you can't handle that, how about not taking the kids to Chuck E Cheeses in the first place? Most kids have a difficult time eating when they are in the kiddie version of a casino. Or feeding them before you go, at least. I offered my daughter lunch first because I know she doesn't like pizza. However, she does like to participate with the family and she chose the pizza. (I ate before we left because Chuck E's "pizza-shaped food substitute" turns my stomach every time. I HATED going there when we were kids even though this same cousin kept having birthday parties there. It's loud. It's overwhelming. And even at 8 or 9 years old it gave me a migraine and made me vomit.)

Okay, so you HAVE to take the kids there to eat and you can't set consistent snack times for the kiddos. Is it absolutely necessary to tell them that pizza will help them "grow big and strong"? Just because you can't stand to see the last couple of slices get thrown out? (I don't care what you're saying now about the kids whining, I heard the preceding chatter about what a waste blah blah!) A to-go box, maybe? What are you going to tell them when they need to eat a vegetable? You've given up your biggest bargaining chip... that it's healthy... by teaching them that Chuck E's pizza is a health food. "Oh, no, Daddy. You TOLD us that Chuck E Cheese's pizza will make us grow big and strong. We don't NEED fruits and vegetables. Just take us to Chuck E's!"

I just want to bang my head into the wall. It would do as much good as talking to him. This man values "higher education". Maybe he should take a course in nutrition...

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    This guy could join the same club as the woman who told her daughter that a cheese puff is a vegetable. Didn't these people have to go through a health/nutrition class like we did in school?

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1STATEOFDENIAL 9/10/2013 7:37PM

    Some people are book smart but have no idea how to live in real life. He could be setting his kids up for future weight issues. Unfortunately, he's not doing anything really harmful (in the moment - the long-term effects aren't considered when thinking of abuse) so there's little you can do. If you ever babysit for the kids you can try to give them a healthier message, or if he ever helps take care of your kids you can set rules about how he's allowed to speak to your kids, but that's about it.

This is also a good reminder about the example we set for kids. Adults sometimes don't set a good example, but we can check in with ourselves and do our best to set a better example.

Similarily, there's a Papa Murphy's pizza commercial I keep seeing that makes me mad. "Love at 425*" is a disgusting slogan. It's telling adults the way to show their kids love is to feed them pizza. Too many people already equate food with love and that's just adding to the obesity epidemic.

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JBALDWIN29 9/10/2013 9:54AM

  Most parents use the excuse eat your food so you grow big and strong. I don't feel the type of food here is as much an issue as the fact this man was encouraging his kids to eat after they were apparently satisfied hunger wise. This is not a good lesson and could lead to overweight children. We need to teach our children that when we are satisfied hunger wise it is ok to stop eating.

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